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How Far With The Ghana Card - Kwame Mpiani Asks

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By Politics_Ghana | self meida writer
Published 20 days ago - 375 views

An economist, Kwame Mpiani, told the state to pay more attention if Ghana is to obtain a verifiable ID system in the country.


He urged the government to reserve the birth and death register adequately to ensure the proper identification of all persons in the country.

“I think that we should be a little more serious about getting sustainable, verifiable national identification systems.

“I think trying to take the voters register and the national identification register and think that you have a solid base for expanding the tax base may not be correct.

“We should move gradually, build the birth and death registry and then gradually develop a national identification programme.” he said in an interview on TV3.


The admonition comes after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated that all domestic ID numbers will be tax ID numbers from April 1, 2021. (TIN).


In delivering the State of the Nation Address to Parliament (SONA 2021), the Chairman claimed that formalizing the informal sector is essential to the growth of the nation's economy because only a small section of the population with their Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) and SSNIT for social security is registered with Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).


"Mr. Speaker, I am glad to declare after four years in office that more progress has been made on formalizing the Ghanaian economy than has been made since independence in the past 60 years."


"We have registered 15.5 million people on the national ID card system for the first time, and this year we are completing this process. After 1 April, all national identification numbers will be tax ID numbers" the House said on Tuesday, and this is not an April fool.

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